Amazon launches VoIP and video conferencing service Chime

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2017

Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon, today announced it’s launched Chime, a new Voice over IP (VoIP) and video conferencing platform for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows and Android.

Aimed at business users, Chime allows you to host or join virtual meetings, take advantage of content and screen sharing across platforms and more.

Amazon promises noise-cancelling wideband audio and crystal clear high-definition video with the new service. Chime for iPhone is available at no charge from App Store. The Mac client can be downloaded directly from Amazon. Read More

 

Photo Tools is an all-in-one customization tweak for the Photos app

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 14, 2017

It feels like the Photos app continues to become more cluttered with features that everyday users really don’t even use in every major iteration of iOS. At least for me, I find myself really only ever using the Albums view in the Photos app to get to my most important stuff. I don’t ever really utilize the People or Places albums, nor do I ever use the Memories or Shared tabs.

For anyone who feels like they’re in a similar boat and miss the simplicity of the Photos app as a simple album-based Photo Library viewer, a new free jailbreak tweak called Photo Tools by Justin Petkovic might be able to give you exactly what you’re looking for. Read More

 

Apple shares new ads highlighting Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2017

Apple this morning shared a pair of new commercials through its official YouTube channel. Titled “Creek” and “Soul Mate,” the 30-second videos focus on depth of field photography made possible by the dual-lens system on iPhone 7 Plus and the accompanying Portrait shooting mode in the stock Camera application.

Be sure to watch the new ads and tell us how you liked them in comments. Read More

 

Watch Apple’s star-laden trailer for Apple Music’s upcoming Carpool Karaoke show

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2017

Apple during last night’s Grammy Awards ceremony aired a trailer for its upcoming Carpool Karaoke spinoff, saying it’s coming soon without committing to a specific air date for the show. It will be exclusively distributed to Apple Music members.

The show will feature unlikely celebrity pairings, like Metallica and game show host Billy Eichner or wrestler John Cena and cager Shaquile O’Neal. Read More

 

How to skip forward and back 10 seconds in YouTube for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2017

Google’s YouTube app has a handy scrubber for navigating a playing video clip. However, it makes it hard to fast forward or backward a longer video unless you sand down your finger first because the tiny control wasn’t designed for a very short jump.

Here’s a quick shortcut to help you skip forward or backward ten seconds in YouTube for iOS to catch something you missed, no need to interact with the scrubber at all. Read More

 

Premium entertainment network Epix launches Apple TV app with free trial

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 8, 2017

Premium entertainment network Epix today announced its new app for the fourth-generation Apple TV is now available for download on App Store. Similar in terms of features and appearance to their iPhone and iPad app, the Apple TV app permits owners of Apple’s media-streaming box to watch live television, browse movie trailers, add videos to a queue, watch thousands of movies on demand and more. Read More

 

YouTube creators with 10,000+ subscribers can now stream live on mobile

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 7, 2017

Google-owned YouTube announced on Tuesday that creators who have more than 10,000 subscribers can now stream live video on mobile. This feature has been built directly into YouTube’s mobile app for iOS and Android. If you’re a YouTube creator with 10,000 subscribers, launch the app and hit the capture button to start streaming instantly. Streamed videos have all the same features as regular YouTube videos, meaning they can be searched for, found via recommendations or playlists and protected from unauthorized use. Read More

 

Apple posts Shot on iPhone 7 ad ‘One Night’

By Cody Lee on Feb 6, 2017

Apple late Monday posted a new ad to its YouTube channel called ‘One Night—Shot on iPhone 7.’ The clip, which first popped up on Apple’s website last month, shows a number of photos and videos taken using Apple’s latest handset.

In the description of the YouTube post, Apple says the commercial features content from 16 photographers, in 15 cities, on 6 continents, taken in one night. The song you hear playing the background is SnowFall by Ahmad Jamal Trio. Read More

 

YouTube app adds Chromecast playback controls to Lock screen, Control Center & Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2017

Google’s official YouTube for iPhone and iPad app has picked up a trio of compelling new features in its most recent update on App Store. Bumped to version 12.03, the free of charge software adds handy Chromecast controls to Control Center and your iOS device’s Lock screen, and to your wrist via Apple Watch. The playback controls only appear when you’re streaming videos from Chromecast devices, smart TVs, game consoles or any other living room devices that run the YouTube app. Read More

 

Facebook working on video-focused app for Apple TV and other set-top boxes

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2017

Facebook is reportedly working on a video-focused app for media-streaming boxes such as Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. Last October, the social network launched a feature allowing users to stream videos from the mainland Facebook mobile app to their TVs via Apple TV. Tuning into television’s market with a dedicated streaming app of its own would help the company tap more ad dollars. Read More

 
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